- Author: Tunyalee A. Martin
Last week during California Invasive Species Action Week (June 2 – June 10), we highlighted several pests, but there are many more invasive species out there. Now that you know about them, share your knowledge of invasive species with others. And no matter what your summer plans, here are some things YOU can do about invasive species from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Food and Agriculture.
YOU: I'M TRAVELLING TO AMAZING PLACES
- Learn what plants and animals you can bring into California.
- Author: Amber C. Vinchesi
As a commodity-based CE Advisor with a background in entomology, weed science is not a familiar subject to me, especially weed identification. In my experience, weeds were studied within entomology when the pest insect overwintered or fed on weeds, or when weeds were potential hosts of many insect-vectored diseases and served as disease reservoirs. Insects use weeds as an important resource, but this can help or harm agricultural crops. Many pest insects, especially the generalist feeders, spend the spring and winter on weeds before moving into agricultural crops. Many weeds also serve as hosts for diseases transmitted by insects, which is a large research area in agricultural entomology. On the other hand, weeds are also some of the...
A new UC Cooperative Extension podcast that focuses on growing orchard crops in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys is now available free at http://growingthevalleypodcast.com, Apple iTunes and Google Play Music.
The hosts are Phoebe Gordon, UCCE orchard systems advisor in Madera and Merced counties, and Luke Milliron, UCCE orchard systems advisor for Butte, Tehama and Glenn counties. The pair conduct research and extension programs...
No, I'm not talking about ticks or fleas on your dog. Actually, I'm talking about a parasitic weed that lives by attaching itself to the roots of other plants. This parasite is broomrape, a plant that has no chlorophyll and lacks conspicuous leaves. In fact, you'll only likely see it aboveground when it's flowering.
Broomrape has quite a rap sheet. Egyptian broomrape, whose first detection in the U.S. in 2014 was in California, is on the federal noxious weed list. Branched broomrape is on the California noxious weed list (A rating = eradication, containment, rejection, or other holding action); on the federal noxious weed list; and is listed as...
- Author: Lynn M. Sosnoskie
UC Cooperative Extension in Merced County and Bowles Farming are hosting the 2nd Annual Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), “Drone”, Field Day on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
The event will run from 8:30-11:30 am and will be held at Bowles Farming headquarters in Los Banos (11069 Hereford Road). This meeting is free to attend.
There will be displays and demonstrations of autonomous flight by teams from the UC Merced and CSU Fresno schools of engineering, the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as by Bowles Farming's on-staff pilots. These flights will...